It's a trade-off we sorta wonder if Meghan Markle considered before she agreed to wed Prince Harry in May. Per royal tradition, she can no longer open gifts on Christmas Day.
Here's why: Since the royals are of German descent, they actually weave German traditions into their celebrations, according to former royal chef Darren McGrady. This means no gift opening on Christmas Day. Instead, any present opening occurs on Christmas Eve.
The tradition is explained in full on the royal family's official website. “On Christmas Eve, the Royal Family lay out their presents on trestle tables and will exchange their gifts at teatime.”
This means that Meghan will likely follow suit, reserving Christmas Day for another royal custom: church. “The Queen and other members of the royal family attend the morning service on Christmas Day at St. Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, a country church visited by the Queen's Great-Great Grandmother Queen Victoria, which dates back to the 16th century,” per the royal website.
Still, Meghan has been bucking tradition in lots of ways. Perhaps she can sway Harry to open just *one* gift on the actual day?